Dog Soldiers (2002) Review for Halloween Horror Fest

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Dog Soldiers (2002)

Directed by Neil Marshall

Starring:
Kevin McKidd
Sean Pertwee
Emma Cleasby
Liam Cunningham
Darren Morfitt
Chris Robson
Leslie Simpson
Thomas Lockyer

Running time: 105 minutes

Plot Synopsis:

Werewolves.

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My Opinion:

This is another film I watched for my Halloween Horror Fest. See a great review of it from vinnieh HERE.

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The above review is much better than mine will be. It’s now Halloween and I have to crank out three reviews still. Oops! Dog Soldiers, Berberian Sound Studio, and Grabbers. I really liked Grabbers so will spend a bit more time on that one but I don’t have a clue what to say about the other two!

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As I watched The Descent for the first time for this horror fest and I liked it a lot, it was worth also checking out the same director’s (Neil Marshall) first effort with Dog Soldiers. Unfortunately, I didn’t like this one very much.

I love a good werewolf movie but this is certainly no American Werewolf In London. I did think it started out pretty good and felt like a pretty standard werewolf flick. The characters were fairly believable and they were out in the lonely wilderness and all that. It did have a great feel. At first…

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Where it fell apart for me a bit was when they got to the house and the battle then started. Oh, and also when one of them had his intestines hanging out but was then able to run around and fight werewolves after he was bandaged up a bit. It was like that Prometheus abortion! And, okay – I have to admit that I fell asleep in the middle of all this. I’m guessing I missed between 15 to 30 minutes but I didn’t care enough to rewind (if you still call it that on a DVD). And, I’m sorry but the werewolves didn’t look that great.

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Oh well. You can’t love ’em all! I don’t think I exactly *hated* this movie. I’ve certainly seen worse and, like I said, it started out quite strong. And I liked that that Trainspotting guy was in it but I just kept thinking “Why did they have to cancel his Journeyman TV show just as it was getting really good?”. Anyway. To be honest, I can see how Neil Marshall went on to make the (far superior) The Descent. Dog Soldiers is definitely a strong debut film and I’ll just shut up now as it’s not like I’ve ever made a movie. Plus I now have to go write that Berberian Sound Studio review – trust me, that review will suck even more than this one because I have no clue what was going on in that film.

My Rating: 5.5/10

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26 thoughts on “Dog Soldiers (2002) Review for Halloween Horror Fest

  1. LOL! I think this review just made my day. I know how you feel though.. I still have one review to go up today and man, am I swamped! Its probably the first priority once I get into the comfort of my home, since I wanted to add a little something extra…
    Can’t wait to read your other reviews πŸ™‚
    BTW, the werewolf looks a tad funky if you ask me…

    • Hehe. Yeah… What was I thinking with this Horror Fest thing? I knew I’d have some I’d be trying to finish last minute. I SHOULD really just be going to sleep. πŸ˜‰ Oh well. Yeah – the werewolves looked a little dodgy in this!

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  3. This review is pretty close to my opinion too. I’d heard so many good things about this film and it’s just so very …average.

    • Ha! Thanks. πŸ™‚ Yeah – the “watching” part wasn’t too difficult but then I was like “oh yeah – I have to review this…”. Especially when it was Halloween and I still had three to write. I doubt I’ll do a similar thing again. Lol

  4. Reblogged this on Cinema Parrot Disco and commented:

    Welcome to the final weekend of October Horror Month! This weekend I’m reblogging my reviews of two Neil Marshall films. This one, Dog Soldiers, isn’t one I was crazy about. In retrospect, however, I think I was too harsh on it in my short, rushed review. Maybe I should re-watch it someday. It was an okay film but I definitely preferred the one I’ll be reblogging tomorrow… πŸ™‚

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